November 3, 2016
Washington, DC: Appeal to all Parish Rectors of Eastern American &
Dear Fathers in Christ,
behalf of the St. Herman Local Committee, please find
announcing the Eastern American Diocese’s annual St. Herman Youth
Conference. This year’s conference will be hosted by the Cathedral
of St. John the Baptist in the nation’s capital. We are respectfully
asking parishes of both the Eastern American Diocese and the
Montreal & Canadian Diocese to encourage our youth to consider
attending the St. Herman Conference. We know how important it is for
our youth to feel engaged and interested in their Faith. Our
upcoming conference is a perfect opportunity for high school and
college students, as well as young professionals, to find a renewed
interest in their Faith and build meaningful friendships with their
To further our mission, we humbly ask you to encourage your young
parishioners to attend. Please consider posting the enclosed flyers
on your parish bulletin boards and announce the Conference from the
ambo and in your parish bulletins.
year’s conference will feature two guest speakers – Archpriest Peter
Perekrestov and Priest Patrick Viscuso. In addition, we will conduct
workshops that will explore topics such as the Mysteries of Holy
Matrimony and Baptism and what it means be good godparents. During
the discussion, groups of youth will gather in a personal setting.
This will help in directing the conversations and allow our clergy
to answer any questions the youth may have.
a focus of this conference is to further expand an understanding of
our Faith, another is to encourage our youth to interact with each
other, in the hope that meaningful friendships will arise. Of
course, friends in Faith are the ones that will potentially last a
lifetime. In addition, we are setting aside plenty of time for
participants to visit the National Mall and explore the museums of
The liturgical highlight of our conference will be the celebration
of the divine services together as brothers and sisters in Christ.
The choir will consist of Conference attendees – a unique experience
that will be fulfilling for all.
As students and young professionals are surrounded by the secular
world, it is rare to find a community that understands who we are at
the core. Our conference is more than just one large religious
discussion, but more an opportunity to meet likeminded people who
desire to grow together in their Faith.
We hope to see your parish’s youth in December!
Archpriest Victor Potapov
Rector, St. John the Baptist Cathedral
Media Office of the Eastern American Diocese